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Most of my friends, or at least the portion of friends that I have discussed periods with, use pads. They're uncomfortable with putting things "up there," and it's their body, so I respect that. At the same time, I get a twinge of sadness because I realize that I used to be like them, too.

Using tampons (the ones with applicators) was a small step into self-education, but in using them, there was an unshakable notion of conditioned aversion that had been sprouted from the cultural negativity and shame of vaginas. Sure, applicators make things far more convenient in situations such as camping or hiking, but as to everyday use, why? Why are we scared to put our fingers near our vaginas, so much that we use a plastic tube so that our fingers won't come into contact with them?

When I got a DivaCup, I forced myself to get over it. I poked around my vagina with my finger and felt my cervix and gradually became more comfortable with my body. I'd like to chalk it up to half perseverance, half bravery; with these came small milestones and small victories, like being able to finally insert the cup. I feel like I learned so much more about my own body and I am now far more comfortable with myself. Looking back, the difference in attitude is indescribable.

I'm so glad that I discovered menstrual cups. To anyone who's starting out, don't give up, it's so worth it. To anyone who's been doing this for a while, let's celebrate the existence of cups!
 
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 27th, 2015 04:41 pm (UTC)
You're seriously the coolest and smartest 13 year old I've ever met. Maybe in high school (particularly when your friends have had a chance to grow a bit and more of them will have started their periods) the topic will start to come up more often and you can show them how awesome cups are. I wish I'd found them at 13! I didn't start wearing tampons until 16 and cups until 27 (in preparation for a job working abroad). Unfortunately my mom hit menopause right about when I started using cups so I didn't get to share them with her either. Oh well!
arylisa on January 28th, 2015 05:49 am (UTC)
Thanks! As to recommending cups to my family, I don't think my sister would be very interested in trying it — she is a fan of tampons. My mom would definitely not like the idea, seeing how she doesn't even let me use tampons and doesn't know that I'm using a cup.

Edited at 2015-01-28 05:49 am (UTC)
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on January 28th, 2015 02:38 pm (UTC)
I only started using a cup because my sister wanted one and she offered to buy me one too, but neither of us had good luck with them. I pulled mine out two years later when I found this site and now I love it. I tried to nudge her into trying hers again but she wasn't really interested.